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Laura Garcia

Laura Garcia

Laura came to NY from Buenos Aires in 1960 where she started her career in interior decoration as a seamstress. She has 2 children, Luis Garcia (Susan), Maria Bradley (Peter) ) also a daughter, Laura Estella who predeceased her. 5 grandchildren , Christopher Garcia, Sheryl Garcia (Will) Cristina Bradley Colangelo (Derek), Peter Bradley, Jr (Cassidy) and Brian Bradley. 4 great grandchildren, Sierra Garcia Kind, Jayden Kind, Bradley Colangelo and Harper Colangelo. Mom was a member of Holy Family Parish and spent much of her time knitting baby blankets and booties for new mothers. She was an avid traveler having been to many countries including Russia, Israel, Czech Republic, eastern European nations and traveled the USA cross country by car. Her husband, German Garcia predeceased her in 1995; also a sister, Vicenta Alvarez and brother, Gines Gimenez predeceased her.
Laura was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was kind to everyone and will be missed terribly.
Visiting will be on Friday from 4-8pm. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday at 12noon at the funeral home. Interment will be Private.

Edward D. Bradley, III

Edward D. Bradley, III

Edward Daniel Bradley III, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, NY passed away peacefully on June 20, 2021 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Eddie was born on February 17, 1949 in New Rochelle to the late Edward Daniel Bradley, Jr. and Muriel. Eddie was the eldest of 7 children. He was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament elementary school and Iona Prep. In 1970, Eddie was drafted by the United States Army. After being stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, he fought for his country in Vietnam as a Sergeant in the 101st Airborne division. After his time served, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement and meritorious service.
After returning from war, Eddie worked for both the 7Up and Coca-Cola beverage companies. He then went back to school to earn his Masters Degree from Iona College. He taught science for several years to middle school young men at Mount St. Michael Academy in Bronx, NY.
Eddie is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Ginny (Oldi) and their two children, Jennifer Celata (Jack) of Harrison, NY and Edward Daniel Bradley IV (Leah) of Bronxville, NY. He loved his three grandchildren John (Jackson), Maeve Celata and Declan Bradley very much.
He is also survived by his five brothers, Robert (Grace) of Leland, NC; Tommy (Maryann) of Port St. Lucie, FL; Peter (Maria) of New Rochelle, NY; Donald (Karin) of Mamaroneck, NY; Scott (Donna) of Hawthorne, NY and sister Susan Overton of Ft. Myers, FL and also many friends and family.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday, June 23rd, 4-8PM at LLoyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle. A funeral mass is scheduled for Thursday, June 24 at 10:30AM at Holy Family Church, 83 Clove Road, New Rochelle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Butterflies From Jodie, a New Rochelle based charity that gives back to the community in countless ways: www.butterfliesfromjodie.org.

Michael F. Lavaia

Michael (Mike) F. Lavaia, a resident of New Rochelle, New York passed away on June 19th, 2021 after battling lung cancer.
He was born on June 30, 1933 in Valhalla, New York to the late Frank Lavaia and Fannie Denise of Yonkers, New York.
Michael is preceded in death by his sister Anne Koester, his former wife, Leonora Strandberg and his wife Elise Lavaia of 40 years. Michael is survived by his sister Fanny Lutomski of Hillsdale, New Jersey, daughters, Susan (Randy) Lavaia and Nancy Terzigni of New Milford, Connecticut and his stepchildren Christine (Christopher) Nanos of Stamford, Connecticut, Edward (Jessica) Schneider of Swansboro, North Carolina, and Sandra Schneider of Tamarac, Florida. Additionally, Michael leaves behind a legacy of ten loving grandchildren (Frank Terzigni, Stephen (Nancy) Conway, Chad (Sam) Conway, Anthony DiNota, Michael DiNota, Victoria Couret, Annelise Schneider, Ronan Schneider, Paul Nanos, and Jackson Nanos ) and ten amazing great-grandchildren.
Michael joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. He was very proud of his country and to have served in the Marines. After his return and for the majority of his career, Michael worked at Sealectro Corporation. After retiring, Michael spent his time with his loving wife Elise visiting with family and friends, hunting, fishing, and woodworking. Michael was a super friendly, caring, warm and humorous husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great friend to all. Throughout his life, Michael had a love for the great outdoors and one of his favorite hobbies was raising and flying homing pigeons. Michael was always keeping busy building something, helping someone or visiting with his nephew Michael in his woodshop or constantly visiting one of his favorite family friends, Frank and Nancy Ranilla or his cousin Tony. He loved to stay busy and in touch with everyone.
Mike will be missed more than one can put into words.
As Mike would always say – Semper Fi.
A service is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23rd at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Funeral Chapel in New Rochelle, NY
The family welcomes donations to The American Lung Association, VFW Korea Vets or Semper Fi and American’s Fund as an expression of sympathy in honor of Michael instead of flowers.

Jennie Pappacena

Jennie Pappacena, a longtime Pelham resident, died on June 18, 2021. She was 99.

Jennie was born May 11th, 1922 in the Bronx to the late Frank Annunziata and Raeffela Crescenzo.
Jennie a pioneer among women of her generation having fought for and won the battle of having an overpass built on the Bruckner Expressway in Bronx, NY
As the years went by Jennie was one of the most loved and admired individuals in the entire family. Jennie was a quintessential wife and mother. She helped and loved all the people she worked with and met.

Until the day she died there would always be a smile on her face.
All our family told us she will never be forgotten.

Visiting will be Wednesday 8:30am-10:00am
A funeral Mass is scheduled for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Pelham Manor, Wednesday 10:30am
Interment will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery.

James W. Callahan

James W. Callahan

James (Jim) Callahan 94 passed away June, 14 2021 in Stamford CT. He was born in New York City on August 12, 1926 to the late Mary Hinckley and James Callahan. He is survived by his four children, Keith (Linda) of Longboat Key, FL., Kevin (Judy) of Brewster, NY, Brian (Irene) of Riverside, CT, and Kathy (Salvatore) Tofano of Stamford, CT. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and five (soon to be seven) great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving and lovely wife of 50 years, Irene Murphy Callahan, in January of 2000.

As a young boy, James grew up in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. As his parents were divorced, he lived with aunts and uncles during the week while his mother worked as a switchboard operator, and spent weekends with his mother or father, a NYC police officer, who’s beat was Yankee stadium. Jim attended Yankee games with his dad, getting to see many of the all-time great ball players (Lou Gehrig was his favorite). Through his mother, James can trace his ancestry back to John Howland, a passenger on the Mayflower.

Jim graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy High School in the Bronx and the Maritime Academy at Fort Schuyler in 1948. James had an early love of baseball and played for the Maritime Academy. In 1946 he hit 7 home runs in 14 games and was inducted into the Maritime Academy Hall of Fame in 1982. After college baseball, he was signed by the minor league team for the NY Yankees and later for the Chicago Cubs. He roomed with Whitey Ford for a season, with whom he maintained a long-time friendship.

Jim met the love of his life on City Island while working at United Boatyard when they were 16. They were married on November 25, 1948 and lived on City Island, in the house that Irene’s parent’s built on Earley Street. There they raised four children and enjoyed a busy social life with friends, family and the Earley Street Beach Association.

For many years, Jim was a dedicated bowler with the NY Telephone league and the City Island mixed league, as well as playing softball on the NY Telephone team. He was also an avid golfer at Pelham/Split Rock golf courses. Jim and Irene loved to travel and enjoyed many trips throughout the US and Europe with good friends over the years, as well as a weekly bridge game that could often be quite lively. After his retirement, Jim worked at Turtle Cove driving range and when not working enjoyed weekly bus trips to Atlantic City and became quite adept at blackjack.

An only child, Jim became the patriarch of a large, loving family of whom he was very proud. Jim often said that he was blessed with a great life and if he died tomorrow, he would die a happy man. Jim will be greatly missed.
Visiting hours will be Friday 4-8pm at lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805. A Service is scheduled for Saturday at Funeral Home @ 10am
Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Silverio Ferro

Silverio Ferro

Silverio Ferro (Dad, Pop, Papi, Abuelo) a longtime resident of New Rochelle, NY died on Monday, June 14, 2021. He had just celebrated his 93rd birthday on May 15th. One of 8 siblings, Silverio was born Silverio Ferro Velasquez in the municipality of Ambalema in the Tolima department of Colombia to the late Silverio and Maria Justina (Velasquez) Ferro.

Mr. Ferro was always engaged in the technology sector and spent the last 40+ years working for a company, Emergency Beacon Corporation, that designed, manufactured, distributed, and repaired products critical in the field of avionics used in search and rescue.

Silverio was a loving and devoted father, brother, grandfather, husband, and best friend. He is survived by his children Alba and Louis Ferro; grandchildren Matthew, Mark and Marcelo Lannaman; and his sisters Ismenia, Margoth and Pola and brothers Abelardo and Francisco.

Mr. Ferro met the love of his life, Ana Ferro, in 1958 dated for six years and married in January of 1964. Silverio and Ana were married for a wonderful 54 years until her unfortunate death in September 2018.

Visiting will be on Thursday from 6-9 pm. Mass is scheduled for Friday at 9:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery with a lunch at Chat 19 in Larchmont to follow.

Mary Ellen Hurley Crane

Mary Ellen Hurley Crane

Mary Ellen (Maureen) Hurley Crane, beloved wife of Douglas P Crane Sr. passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on December 15, 2020 at the age of 83. A lifelong New Rochelle resident, Maureen attended Blessed Sacrament Grammar School, St. Gabriel High School and graduated from the College of New Rochelle with her degree in Education.
Maureen met the love of her life, Doug Crane, on her first day working at Terrytoons in New Rochelle. It was his first day also and it was love at first sight. Maureen and Doug married on June 20, 1959 and she moved to be with him at his Army base of Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX. When they completed their post in TX, they moved right back to New Rochelle and never left again, with Doug continuing in the animation and cartooning industry and Maureen staying home to raise their 8 children as a devoted mom. While raising those children you could often find her volunteering at any of their schools, but most often on the Parish Council, or in the library or classrooms at Holy Family Grammar School.
As their children grew, the house was full of chaotic activity and joyous noise. There were always friends and neighbors coming and going and those that were there when Maureen made her famous chili were just told to grab a bowl and get in line. Everyone was welcome and everyone was fed.
Maureen eventually decided to go back into the classroom full time and took long term substitute teaching positions that led to a full-time position. She taught at several local schools but spent most of her career at Sacred Heart Grammar School in Mt. Vernon, NY. She was a firm but fair teacher who believed that her students could be whatever they wanted to be and encouraged them to work hard and reach for the moon.
When Maureen retired, she stayed at home to take care of her elderly mother full time. She was always a caregiver. In her spare time, you could find Maureen playing with any of her grandchildren or great grandchildren, working on picture puzzles, crossword puzzles or math games and you never saw Maureen without a book. Maureen was very proud of her Irish heritage. Her parents Rose and Tommy Hurley had emigrated from county Mayo and county Kerry in 1929 and growing up, her house was often filled with relatives and friends from the old country and she loved going back to Ireland to visit as well. When her own children were young, the family could often be found at a Ceilidh or Feis held throughout New York state, where the Crane children competed, and held titles, in Irish step dancing. Her love of Irish history, folklore and music stayed with her and comforted her throughout her life.
Maureen is survived by her husband of 61 years, Doug and their children Maureen of Piscataway, NJ, Erin (her husband Mark & their daughters Megan, Katie & Kerry & their families) of Cooper City, FL , Thomas (his wife Debbie & their children Sean & Brianna & their families) of Oakton, VA, Colleen (her husband Art & their children AJ, Aidan, Tiernan & Riley) of Stuart, FL, Caitlin (her husband Shawn) of Port St. Lucie, FL, Kevin (his wife Erin & their children Abigail & Nathaniel) of Ringgold, GA and Rose-Ellen (her husband Andrew & their daughters Sam, Shannon, Jordan & Hayley) of Falls Church, VA. Maureen was predeceased by her parents Rose Philbin Hurley in 2003, and Thomas Hurley in 1986 and her son Douglas Jr. in 2018. Maureen has 15 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a large network of family and friends that will miss her. Please keep her family in your prayers.
A Catholic Service is being planned for this spring or summer (as COVID-19 restrictions hopefully relax) and internment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery. Messages of condolences can be emailed to TheMamaCrane78@gmail.com
Maureen, May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
A Mass is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at Holy Family Church at 9:30am, followed by inurnment at Beechwoods Cemetery.

Doug Crane

Doug Crane

Doug Crane, Master Animator and Cartoonist has died, at 85.
Doug Crane, animator for Terrytoons, Hanna-Barbera, MTV, Filmation, Oriolo Films, Zander Animation Parlour, as well as former Professor of Animation at SVA, died on December 17, 2020 after a brave and short battle with cancer.
Born in Bronxville, New York, Crane’s love for drawing cartoons and animation began early on. After attending Eastchester High School and graduating from the Cartoonist and Illustrators School (now called The School of Visual Arts in New York City) Crane began working for Terrytoons in 1956. His first day at Terrytoons would change his life. Not only did he begin a career that would span 65 years, but he met his beloved sweetheart Maureen Hurley whom he would marry and go on to start their family of 8 children.
Crane took a break from the New York animation industry briefly when he went into the Army in 1958. While serving in the Army he married his sweetheart and started their family. He also illustrated recruitment pamphlets, created & painted floats for the base parades, painted signage for the White Sands Proving Grounds, and created a comic strip called Tiptoe and Timber that ran in military Newspapers.
Once released from the Army he and his wife and their new baby returned to New Rochelle, NY to continue working at Terrytoons. Crane’s animation career had him working with some of the industry greats such as: Burne Hogarth, Preston Blair, Art Babbitt, Jimmy (Shamus) Culhane, Bill Hanna, Joe Oriolo, Bill Tytla, John Hubley, Grim Natwick, Jack Zander, Al Capp, Bob Blechman, Gene Deitch, Ernie Pintoff, Richard Williams and a host of others. It had also taken him to places such as California, Canada, Germany to name a few.
At the request of Bill Hanna, Crane and Red Auguston opened and operated the Hanna-Barbera East studio in New York City. Crane went on in his career to animate films, television series, commercials, theatrical releases, and half hour specials; draw comic strips, comic books and digests. He received a Clio Award, the National Television Commercials Award, for his animation of The Wall Street Journal commercial. His storyboard work, character creation & design, background design and finished layouts are a few more talents he possessed but some of his favorite work was when he animated the bobbing, rolling, and twisting ship scene in the Raggedy Ann & Andy movie. Watch Crane’s face light up when he describes it in video interviews and you’ll see it for yourself.
Crane also designed and taught a comprehensive course in Cartooning and Animation techniques at his alma mater, Eastchester High School and was a Professor of Classical Animation at his other alma mater, The School of Visual Arts in New York City, for 15 years. Crane was also invited to teach at the Institute of Animation and Film at the Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, a rare honor indeed.
Besides maintaining a full schedule of lectures and demonstrations on the art of animation at schools, libraries, fraternal organizations, business luncheons etc. Crane also spent time as the Artist In Residence at the prestigious Thornton-Donovan school in New Rochelle. He also served the Westchester County residents as an Auxiliary Police officer, a Grand Knight at the New Rochelle Knights of Columbus and as the Municipal Arts Commissioner where he planned and carried out the weekend-long 40th Anniversary celebration for Terrytoons in February 1982. Crane’s ability to walk the streets of New Rochelle and New York City and always bump into someone he knew or worked with was unparalleled but not surprising when you are lucky enough to be able to do what you love, in a city you love, for your entire career,
Of all these things mentioned, Crane was most proud not of his work, or his countless hours of volunteering in the community, but of his family. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved all the activity that was always happening in a household with a family of 10. As his neighbors and friends can attest, one was never a stranger to Doug. You were always invited in for a seat on the couch, a plate at the table or a beer on the back deck. He loved the hustle and bustle of his home with his children and their friends always coming and going and when he saw you the next time, he always asked a follow up question to your last conversation. You felt his love.
Doug is survived by his children Maureen, Erin (her husband Mark & their daughters Megan, Katie & Kerry & their families), Thomas (his wife Debbie & their children Sean & Brianna & their families), Colleen (her husband Art & their children AJ, Aidan, Tiernan & Riley), Caitlin (her husband Shawn), Kevin (his wife Erin & their children Abigail & Nathaniel) and Rose-Ellen (her husband Andrew & their daughters Sam, Shannon, Jordan & Hayley). He was predeceased by two days, by his beloved wife of 61 years, Maureen, and by his son Douglas Jr. in 2018.
Doug was a wonderful, kind, considerate person, a warm & comfortable friend and an amazing father & grandfather who will be missed more than can be put into words.
A private service is being held in Stuart, FL for immediate family members, with another being planned in New Rochelle, NY for this spring/summer when folks can hopefully gather (depending on the safety of the pandemic situation) to celebrate Doug & Maureen’s lives and legacy. Condolence messages can be sent through email at DorableDad78@gmail.com and will be shared with his family.
A Mass is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at Holy Family Church at 9:30am, followed by inurnment at Beechwoods Cemetery.

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